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Tucson Downtown New Restaurant

April 14th, 2016 by Betty Ross

You may wish to dine at Tucson newest restaurant. Elvira’s downtown!

elviraDowntown Tucson is excited for its new neighbor. Elvira’s Restaurant, a beloved Tubac classic, is opening a second location in downtown Tucson at 256 E. Congress St. on Saturday, April 16.

The upscale Mexican restaurant will open its second location in the former Saint House Island Bistro and Rum Bar at 256 E. Congress St. After about a year of renovations, the restaurant is slated to hold a soft opening April 15.

Elvira’s owner, Rubén Monroy Jr., is moving up to Tucson so he can work the kitchen and front of the house. He plans to keep all of the classic Elvira’s dishes, but will revamp about 30 percent of the menu. Right now, he’s tinkering around with new mole flavors like pine nut, almond and dried fruit.

“We’re gonna play a little bit,” he said. But “you end up giving people what they want.”

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Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. We will serve you a delectable breakfast! We have a wonderful desert garden, you may wish to enjoy the spa under the stars with a glass of wine.

What could be better!

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Wildflowers

April 3rd, 2016 by Betty Ross

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Picacho Peak State Park

About 40 miles northwest of Tucson along Interstate 10. Take Exit 219 for the Picacho Peak Road.

Park day use hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission: $7 per vehicle

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Wildflowers are on a blooming binge this week at Picacho Peak State Park northwest of Tucson.

Carpets of dazzling gold poppies play a starring role in the colorful show — but other wildflowers add their own hues to the landscape. Among them: blue lupines, orange globemallow, white desert chicory and bright yellow brittlebush.

“Beautiful!” “Awesome!” “Amazing!”

Trek one of the park’s flower-flanked trails this month, and you’re likely to hear such exclamations again and again from hikers along the way.

“It’s a rare occurrence to see this wonderful poppy bloom at Picacho Peak State Park,” said Sue Black, director of Arizona State Parks.

Aaron Soggs, manager of the park, said, “At Picacho, the rain data is showing just about 12 inches, which is the accumulated total since September of 2014. The last great year of flowers was 1998, when there was 12 inches of rain, and we are seeing the same result now with the abundance of Mexican poppies blooming.

You’ll find some expanses of poppies and other blooms in the desert area encircled by the loop drive. Try lower reaches of the Hunter Trail and the Calloway Trail for additional good wildflower displays.

Tucson Street Fair

March 31st, 2016 by Betty Ross

 

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There are two Street Fairs per year, one in Spring and one in the Winter. The next Street Fair is April 1, 2 and 3, 2016. Hours are 10 am to 6pm (dusk) each day. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Click here for a map.Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 Fantastic Stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, face painting, sidewalk entertainment, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion and tons of other fun activities.

This year, we are making it better than ever before with new ways to experience the Street Fair. Get your grub on with U.S. Fries at the U.S. Fries Community stage for their Poutine Pig Out Contest. You can also support your community by donating nonperishable food items to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Bring your food to VIP Taxi who will have a cab parked at 7th St. and 4th Avenue for “Stuff the Cab” every day of the fair. Get around in inexpensive comfort, with our new and exciting mode of transportation! Wildcarts is the new, free “Official People Mover of 4th.” Try them out at Street Fair and hail one down for any of 4th’s future events.

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A stay at Desert Dove would be a great choice for a place to stay.

The desert is blooming with yellow!

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Saint Patrick’s Day

March 11th, 2016 by Betty Ross

saintpatrickThe wearing of the green is nearly upon us, and so the season of green beer, bagels and milkshakes has begun. While there’s nothing particularly Irish about shamrock-shaped cookies or green-frosted cupcakes, you might be surprised to learn that the traditional St. Paddy’s meal—corned beef and cabbage—is no more authentic. Like many aspects of St. Patrick’s Day, the dish came about when Irish-Americans transformed and reinterpreted a tradition imported from the Emerald Isle.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Dublin but in New York City, in 1762. Over the next 100 years, Irish immigration to the United States exploded. The new wave of immigrants brought their own food traditions, including soda bread and Irish stew. Pork was the preferred meat, since it was cheap in Ireland and ubiquitous on the dinner table. The favored cut was Irish bacon, a lean, smoked pork loin similar to Canadian bacon. But in the United States, pork was prohibitively expensive for most newly arrived Irish families, so they began cooking beef—the staple meat in the American diet—instead.

So how did pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage? Irish immigrants to America lived alongside other “undesirable” European ethnic groups that often faced discrimination in their new home, including Jews and Italians. Members of the Irish working class in New York City frequented Jewish delis and lunch carts, and it was there that they first tasted corned beef. Cured and cooked much like Irish bacon, it was seen as a tasty and cheaper alternative to pork. And while potatoes were certainly available in the United States, cabbage offered a more cost-effective alternative to cash-strapped Irish families. Cooked in the same pot, the spiced, salty beef flavored the plain cabbage, creating a simple, hearty dish that couldn’t be easier to prepare.

After taking off among New York City’s Irish community, corned beef and cabbage found fans across the country. It was the perfect dish for everyone from harried housewives to busy cooks on trains and in cafeterias—cheap, easy to cook and hard to overcook. It was even served alongside mock turtle coup at President Lincoln’s inauguration dinner in 1862.

Far from being as Irish as a shamrock field, this St. Patrick’s Day classic is as American as apple pie.

Desert Dove will be serving something green for breakfast! Our popular Spinach Egg Nests, and some yummy Irish Soda Bread!

Dillinger Days

January 20th, 2016 by Betty Ross

A fun weekend in Tucson January 23, 2016

Harvey will have his 1929 Model A Ford at the show.

inn5Hotel Congress would have continued its charming existence as just another place of lodging for road weary guests, were it not for the events of January 22, 1934. That fateful day changed forever the building and its unique place in Tucson history. Early in the morning, a fire started in the basement of the hotel and spread up the elevator to the third floor. This fire, and the subsequent chain of events, led to the capture of one of the country’s most notorious criminals – John Dillinger.

After a series of bank robberies, Dillinger and his gang came to Tucson to “lay low”, residing on the third floor under aliases. Using the switchboard, the front desk clerk notified hotel guests of the fire and guests were evacuated using aerial ladders. On the urgent request of the gang, and encouraged by a generous tip, two firemen retrieved the heavy luggage they left behind. It was later discovered that the bags contained a small arsenal and $23,816 in cash.

Later, these astute firemen recognized the gang in True Detective Magazine. A stakeout resulted in the capture of Dillinger at a house on North Second Avenue. In a space of five hours, without firing a single shot, the police of small town Tucson had done what the combined forces of several states and the FBI had failed to accomplish. When captured, Dillinger simply muttered, “Well, I’ll be damned”.

We still celebrate his capture each third weekend in January with Dillinger Days, which is a fun event featuring reenactments, food and music, tours and lectures.

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Happy Valentines Day

February 13th, 2015 by Betty Ross

                                  Happy Valentines Day from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

           Serving fresh Strawberries, Zucchini Quiche, Cranberry Scones with Devonshire Cream

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Mercado San Agustín & Agustín Kitchen

October 10th, 2014 by Betty Ross

Enjoy the cooling afternoon temperatures with your tourism colleagues as you wander through the grounds of the Mercado and its merchants while also visiting the Farmer’s Market. On the roof deck, sample hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from Agustín Kitchen, and listen to the sounds of the instrumental trio Hey, Bucko!

Not familiar with the west end of downtown? Park anywhere along the 4-mile Sun Link Tucson Streetcar route, hop on the streetcar, and travel to the west end stop, right on the doorstep of the Mercado! Agustin Kitchen’s award-winning chef Ryan Clark invites you to stay for dinner after the event… show your Sun Link GoCard ticket and he will take $4 off your bill!

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Spring in the Desert

March 24th, 2014 by Betty Ross

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Spring in the desert is a wonderful time. What a pleasure taking in all the sights and sounds the desert has desertflowersto offer!

The Ocotillo Cactus are blooming in the Sonoran Desert. Here at Desert Dove, we have several Ocotillo blooming.  Take a drive through the Saguaro National Park to see the desert in bloom. It’s only one fourth mile from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast
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We have Penstimon blooming in our desert garden.

The bunny rabbits like to nip it down, so it will not last long.

The humming birds love the nectar!

Tucson Gem Show

January 29th, 2014 by Betty Ross

gems The World’s Largest Treasure Hunt
February 1 – 16, 2014
The popular Gem Show Hotline, 622-GEMS(4367), will REOPEN on January 17, 2014!  In the meantime, please call our Visitor Information number at 800-638-8350. TucsonGems.

For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.

The “Gem Show” is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.

There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows – from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.

The Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast   a great place to stay while taking in the Gem and Mineral Show. You can start your day with a cup early morning cup of coffee or your favorite tea watching the birds. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast. At the end of your long day of shopping you can relax in our hydrotherapy spa with a glass of wine and take in some stargazing!

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Zucchini Quiche

July 11th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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Zucchini Quiche

One pie crust (8 or10 inch) size. Make your own crust or buy already made.

2 cups zucchini,grated.
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic,crushed
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
4 large eggs
1/2 cup half & half cream or whole milk
1/2 cup Feta cheese Tomato/basil
1/2 cup grated Italian blend cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven 350
Bake pie crust for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and set aside

In large pan,sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add zucchini and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
Transfer the mixture into a colander and allow to drain off any liquid.

Spoon zucchini mixture into pie crust.

Beat together the eggs and milk, add grated cheese and seasonings and pour over zucchini. Crumble over the Feta cheese and grind over some black pepper.

Bake 30 minute or until the quiche is set but slightly soft in the middle.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool 5 – 10 minutes before serving.

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